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The Proud Valley (The Tunnel) (1940)

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Proud Valley was directed by Pen Tennyson, whose early death in WW2 robbed the British movie industry of one of its more talented contributors. African American singing star Paul Robeson heads the cast as David, a black stoker seeaking work in the coal mines of Wales. He finds an ally in the form of miner Dick Parry (Edward Chapman), who is less interested in David's capacity for work than he is in the newcomer's robust baritone. It seems that Parry is in charge of the local miner's choir, and he hopes to win the national singing meet on the strength of David's vocal chords. An unexpected disaster not only puts an end to this dream, but also threatens to financially wipe out Parry, his family and all his friends. It is David who comes to everyone's rescue with a spectacular, near-messianic act of self-sacrifice. Though it seems somewhat flat when seen today, Proud Valley is enervated by the commanding presence of Paul Robeson. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Paul Robeson
as David Goliath
Edward Chapman
as Dick Parry
Simon Lack
as Emlyn Parry
Rachel Thomas
as Mrs. Parry
Edward Rigby
as Bert Rigby
Janet Johnson
as Gwen Owen
Jack Jones
as Thomas
Clifford Evans
as Seth Jones
Allan Jeayes
as Mr. Trevor
George Merritt
as Mr. Lewis
Noel Howlett
as Company Clerk
Edward Lexy
as Commissionaire
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